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Robinsons department store in Jurong East, Hillion Mall among places visited by Covid-19 cases while infectious

The Robinsons department store in Jurong East as well the Hillion Mall in Bukit Panjang were added to a list of public places that had been visited by Covid-19 cases during their infectious period. MOH said that the…

277 new Covid-19 infections in Singapore; one new cluster identified at Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub

Singapore has confirmed 277 new cases of Covid-19, including three that are in the community, two that are imported and 272 who are migrant workers staying in dormitories. On Fri, MOH said that the two imported cases are…

Prime location condo prices show immunity to Covid-19, here’s why

Despite restrictions on in-person property viewing for most of the second quarter, both private home prices posted price gains for Q2 2020, according to data published by URA on 24 July. Prices of private residential properties increased overall…

Singapore is one of the cheapest cities to park – if you can afford a car

Parking prices in Singapore are not as expensive as one may think, at least compared to other cities A recent survey by UK car service company Fixter ranked Singapore the ninth least expensive place to park among 65…

Renewed focus on clean energy timely amid global shift in demand

Singapore’s increased emphasis on clean energy will put it in line with the global shift towards a low-carbon world. Recent initiatives such as JTC’s tender for its SolarRoof programme to help companies adopt solar energy, Senoko’s pilot project…

PUB looks into enhancing water treatment process after pandan-scented water incident

PUB will look into enhancing treatment processes after some homes reported that boiled tap water gave off a pandan smell earlier this week. Screening technologies at present do not allow for the detection of trace amounts of the…

Condos should not seek JSS rebates from managing agents

Service buyers should not ask for reduced contract fees on the basis that their providers are receiving wage subsidies through the enhanced JSS, Manpower and Finance ministries have said. JSS payouts, which subsidise local workers’ wages, have sparked…

Singapore can avoid second wave if people play their part: Experts

Experts are optimistic that Singapore can avoid a second wave of Covid-19 cases as long as people do not take unnecessary risks, like gathering in large groups for parties or meals. But even if that happens, Singapore will…

STI advances on gains in Reits, business trusts

Gains among Reits and business trusts helped offset worries over escalating US-China tensions to send the local market into the black yesterday. STI gained 17.82 points or 0.7 per cent on the brighter mood to close at 2,612.35,…

Police respond to 3 dorm incidents on Friday

In 3 1/2 hours on Fri morning, the police responded to three incidents involving foreign workers residing in dormitories. In the first incident, a 37-year-old worker from India was found motionless at 512 Old Choa Chu Kang Road…

Campaign to encourage domestic tourism will cushion COVID-19 blow, but not make up for drop in international travel, say observers

A new campaign to encourage domestic tourism will help cushion the impact of COVID-19 on Singapore’s tourism sector, but is unlikely to make up for the steep drop in overseas tourists resulting from the pandemic, observers said. Instead,…

COVID-19: MOH conducting ‘swab operations’ as part of stepped up efforts

MOH has been stepping up its surveillance, active case-finding and containment efforts, in order to detect and “ringfence” cases of COVID-19 infection as early as possible, it said on Fri. These include placing close contacts of confirmed cases…

COVID-19: Don’t eat, drink ‘excessively’ in cinemas to minimise virus spread – MOH official

Cinema-goers should avoid eating and drinking “excessively” in cinemas and they should otherwise wear masks while watching movies, a senior MOH official advised on Fri. The ministry’s director of medical services Kenneth Mak was responding to a media…

Covid-19: Crowded parks, beaches to be closed when they near capacity limits, says MOH

The authorities will temporarily shut access to popular public spaces such as parks and beaches as they near their capacity limits, after crowds were reported at some hot spots of late. On Fri, MOH said that some car…

NEA begins intensive two-week dengue vector control exercise across Singapore from July 24

As part of its increased effort to combat dengue, NEA is working with all town councils to step up dengue prevention efforts in an intensive two-week vector control exercise islandwide beginning on Fri. This decision was made as…

Frasers Centrepoint Trust’s portfolio Q3 occupancy dips 2.2% to 94.6%

Frasers Centrepoint Trust (FCT) announced on Thurs that its portfolio occupancy fell 2.2 per cent y-o-y to 94.6 per cent for the third quarter ended June 30. This was due to “weakened leasing market conditions”, with tenants monitoring…

All foreign worker dorms, except those serving as quarantine facilities, to be cleared of Covid-19 by early August

All foreign worker dormitories, except those being used as special quarantine facilities, are expected to be cleared of Covid-19 by the first week of Aug, MND Minister Lawrence Wong said on Fri. This means that all migrant workers…

Retail rents fall 3.5% q-o-q in 2Q2020 amid ‘circuit breaker’ pressure

As the retail sector bore the brunt of the “circuit breaker” measures, rents fell by 3.5% q-o-q in 2Q2020, marking its second consecutive quarter of decline. The largest rental decline was seen in the Central Area, which encompasses…

Central region office net absorption shows largest quarterly decline in 2Q2020 since SARS

Net absorption of office space in the central region recorded its largest quarterly decline of 538,200 sqft in 2Q2020, since 1Q2003 over the SARS period. This corresponds to a higher vacancy rate of 11.4% in 2Q2020, rising from…

HDB resale prices up in Q2, while transaction volume drop

Resale prices of HDB flats increased 0.3% q-o-q in the second quarter of 2020, after holding flat in the previous quarter. OrangeTee noted resale prices “have not undergone a steep correction despite the onslaught of an unprecedented global…

Singapore private home prices up 0.3% in Q2 2020

Private home prices in Singapore rebounded 0.3% q-o-q in the second quarter of 2020, following a 1% decline in the previous quarter, revealed the latest report from URA. The report noted that landed property prices remained unchanged in…

Covid-19 catalyses digitalisation in construction

The construction sector has been one of the worst hit by the Covid-19 outbreak. The pandemic has laid bare some vulnerabilities, including supply chain disruptions and the labour-intensive construction process. While it is too early to tell what…

Three-bedroom unit in Palm Green going for $1.58 mil

A 1,410 sqft, three-bedroom unit at Palm Green — a freehold development along Pasir Panjang Road — is on the market for $1.58 million ($1,126 psf). The property is marketed by the auction team at Knight Frank and…

Wenul to launch Mooi Residences at an average of $2,600 psf

Boutique development Mooi Residences, located along Holland Road, opened for private preview over the weekend of July 18–19. The sales gallery is located in a corner shop unit at Crown Centre, fronting Bukit Timah Road. According to Keev…

Unit at Flame Tree Park reaps $1.07 mil profit

The most profitable sale during the week from July 7 to 14 was for a 1,593 sqft, three-bedroom unit on the 25th floor at Flame Tree Park condominium. Bought for $1.25 million ($785 psf) in July 2009, it…

Sportslink retail units at Queensway Shopping Centre under receiver’s sale from $18 mil

Following the liquidation of local sports retail chain Sportslink earlier this month, the three strata-titled, retail units that it owns at Queensway Shopping Centre have been put up for sale via private treaty by the receiver. The three…

UOL’s next-gen condos designed with post-Covid lifestyle in mind

Covid-19 has upended the lives of everyone — from the group CEO to the office cleaning lady. “All of us are working remotely and embracing technology,” says Liam Wee Sin, group CEO of UOL Group. “We realise that…

Man who dumped hand sanitisers in lift to ‘kill virus’ fined $4,000

A man who upended two bottles of hand sanitiser placed in a lift in Bishan, and tore down two posters, was fined $4,000 on Fri. In mitigation, Low Ken Lum, 50, said he poured the sanitiser on the…

Make it easier to report those who break the rules

Since phase two of Singapore’s reopening began, I have observed chefs at restaurants with open kitchens working without wearing their masks over the nose and mouth. At one restaurant, after I provided feedback, the chef told me that…

11 shop units on same floor put up for sale at Sim Lim Square amid slowing business

Amid slowing business made worse by the impact of the ongoing pandemic, 11 shops on a single floor at Sim Lim Square have been put on sale again. They had failed to secure buyers after the units were…

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